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Miami Dolphins Quarterback Roulette: Is Christian Ponder the Answer?

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:   Teammates EJ Manuel #3 and Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles watch on during warmups before the start of their game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Danny DolphinAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2011

Player: Christian Ponder

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 220

Age: 22 (His birthday is on February 25)

Availability: Available in this year’s draft and expected to go in the early to middle rounds (2-4).

Positives: His greatest strength is his athleticism. Quick feet with great agility...great speed for a QB...quick release...a three-year starter in a pro system…accurate on slants, ins and other crossing patterns, especially over middle…has great intangibles…appears to really understand the position mentally…a leader…tough.

Negatives: Medical issues are the greatest concern. Missed four games this season with a right shoulder injury…doesn’t have an elite arm but a good one…questionable decision-making…less than ideal height…average deep ball.

Scoop: There is a lot to like with the former Seminole. He’s a great athlete with quick feet and shows excellent zip and accuracy in the short to intermediate passing game. So what if he doesn’t have a cannon arm? It’s strong enough. How many times is a Dolphins quarterback going to chuck it 50-plus yards downfield, let alone any quarterback?

He’s much further along mentally than most quarterbacks in this draft. If there isn’t a quarterback to the Dolphins liking available at 15 in the first round, I would assume they trade down and draft a guy like Ponder in the second or third round. He’s got some nice upside combined with the ability to play right away.

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